Greetings District 7550 Rotarians
LIGHT UP ROTARY IN 2014 – 2015
I am honored to serve as your District Governor for 2014 – 2015. Along with Carol, my wife and partner in this wonderful journey, we are committed to helping move the District forward in the tradition of “Service Above Self”. We look forward to serving the District along with DG-Elect Cecil Varney, DG-Nominee John Powell, our Assistant District Governors, District Chairpersons, and the Club Presidents.
Rotary International President Gary Huang from Taipei, Taiwan, has chosen for the Rotary Theme this year “Light Up Rotary.” President Gary firmly believes in lifting up people less fortunate than we are and by choosing this theme he encourages all Rotarians to bring the light of Rotary Service where there is darkness in the world. When we attended the International Assembly for District Governors-Elect in January, President Gary quoted Chinese philosopher Confucius when he said “It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.” There are people around the world who need Rotary assistance, and we can be the ones to light that one candle.
President Gary has asked each district and all clubs around the world to plan and implement a “Rotary Days” celebration within our communities. I will be discussing this more in coming weeks and with your club leadership during my official visit.
In Rotary, you have joined the world’s finest service organization. Our motto, “Service Above Self,” says it all. I encourage all of you to serve your respective communities so as to honor yourself and Rotary. Rotary is, after all, YOU, the local Rotarian at the local Rotary Club. YOU provide the finances to move our (your) Foundation forward. YOU have been providing funds since 1985 to help find a cure for polio in the world. This is the Rotary legacy, and we will succeed in eradicating polio from the face of the earth. All because of YOU! YOU do the local and international projects, and YOU make the Rotary World happen.
I would also ask for your financial support for the District “Water Jug” project to benefit programs in Ghana. For the third time, we are working with Walter Hughes, our Rotary friend from Virginia, to provide parts of Northern Ghana with water, better sanitary conditions and vocational education opportunities. Our goal will be to help alleviate disease by providing clean water and better sanitation while developing educational opportunities so that individuals and communities can better help themselves. The project starts July 1 and will conclude at our conference next May. So please, “feed the jug” on a weekly basis.
Our District Conference will be held again next year at Glade Springs Resort outside of Beckley on May 15, 16, and 17, Please save those dates. We hope to meaningfully include our Interact Clubs in the conference. The District Conference is YOUR conference and we hope it will be all about the family. To make that happen you have to attend and bring the family. Let me know what kind of activities you would like to see in addition to the routine of an informative conference.
Carol and I look forward to our official visits in the coming weeks and getting the chance to meet many of you personally. Our visitation schedule is on DACdb so take a look at your club’s date.
I personally wish you and your club a good year and look forward to assisting you in any way I can.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Herb and Carol McClaugherty
DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2014-2015